Kerala Sarkara varatti recipe
Banana chips with jaggery is Kerala famous dish (Kerala Sarkara varatti). Let see how to make it at home.
- Plantain - 3
- Powdered jaggery - 2 cup
- Dry ginger powder - 1/2 teaspoon (tsp.)
- Cardamom powder - 1/2 teaspoon (tsp.)
- Ghee - 1/4 cup
- Coconut oil - to fry.
- Peel the skin off of the plantain and cut each of them into half length wise.
- Cut each into 1/2 cm thick pieces again and keep it aside.
- Heat oil in a pan and heat it at medium-high flame. Now fry all the plantain pieces to golden yellow (at least 30 minutes to fry a batch). Now cool this down to room temperature. This is an important step. NOTE: when done you will feel the crispness of the chips when you stir them.
- Melt the jaggery by adding little water and filter the impurities. Now heat the jaggery until it becomes thick syrup to reach 1 string stage. Now add the fried plantain pieces, cardamom powder, dry ginger powder, ghee and mix well until all come together and remove from heat.
- It is very important for the jaggery syrup to be of the right consistency else the chips will be sticky. The jaggery should be on 1 string consistency i.e one-thread consistency is when a single thread is formed (and does not break) when your forefinger and your thumb are pulled apart gently.
- For making 1kg of sharkkara varatty, you need approximately 600gm jaggery.